2018 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race

Award Winners


—The Very Very Competitive LKSR ACE Champion—

Silver Streak

—ACE Awards—

Silver Streak
Cosmic Cruiser
Where’s Waldo
Oh! Snap!
The Lottery

—The Very Competitive Non-Competitive Award of Mediocrity–(Highest award for non-ACE teams)

Lobster Roll

—The Peoples’ Choice Award—

Jungle Bike

—The Twisted Sprocket Award—
(Best mud pit performance)

The Lottery

—The Next to Last Award—

Where’s Waldo

—The Golden Dinosaur Award—

(The first to breakdown or the most epic breakdown)

Neptune’s Whip

—Best Pit Crew—

Squirtle Squad

—Best Costume—

Cosmic Cruiser

—Pilot’s Choice Award—

Silver Streak

—Golden Flipper Award—

(Best water performance or the most memorable)

Rolly Polly Fishheads

-The Art Award—

Kerouac Attack Pack

—The Engineering Award—

Oh! Snap!

—The Speed Award—

Jungle Bike

—The Best Bribes Award—

Where’s Waldo

—The Mad Marshals Award—

UMass Lowell Rowdy River Rovers


A very special thank you goes to Kim Little, Jay Hungate, Carl Henderson, and Rick Stec for helping to make some of our fabulous awards.

About the Awards

The Very Very Competitive Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Champion

The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Champion must ACE the course. The award is determined by Mysterious Mathematical Means which include a point scoring system based on artistic merit, engineering prowess, and blinding speed of the KS. The KS with the highest average score in art, engineering, and speed is the LKSR Champion. In the case that the LKSR Champion has the highest score in any of the three categories of art, engineering, or speed, then the lesser art, engineering, or speed prize is forfeited in favor of the BIG ONE, to share the Glory, and not hog all the biggest prizes!

The ACE Award

The ACE Award is the most prestigious individual honor a racer or team can garner. This prize is a special hand-made medal (think Congressional Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and Einstein Genius Knights of the Round Table Award). Many of the machines and pilots that race in other parts of the world do so, only for this award and eschew any other glory or honors. A pilot who obtains this medal has conquered not only a race course, but his machine, and himself. When an ACE pilot enters a room, all must stand to give honor to his or her status and must be addressed as “Most Visionary Professor.”

The Very Competitive Non-Competitive Award of Mediocrity

Awarded to the KS finishing in the middle. That is the team that has the best overall points in three categories of a very secret scoring scheme (just a hint-engineering, art, speed).

The Peoples’ Choice Award

Voted on by your adoring fans, one of our highest and most coveted awards.

The Twisted Sprocket Award

This award goes to the team with the most epic, jaw dropping mud experience. This Award is being made by the incomparable Jay Hungate of Hungate Studios, a seasoned veteran of the mud pit mayhem.

The Next To Last Award

Awarded to the Sculpture and Pilot finishing, well, next to last. That way the end of the race can get pretty exciting.

Worst Honorable Mention

Lowest Award known to Humankind. This is given to the Sculpture whose half-baked theoretical “engineering” did not deter its Pilots from the challenge of the race.

The Golden Dinosaur Award

Awarded to either the first Sculpture to “breakdown” or the “most memorable breakdown.”

Best Pit Crew

Awarded and judged by various Officials, and has no real criteria (which reflects the wisdom of Pilots in choosing a pit crew, or conversely, the wisdom of some Pilots’ “friends” in volunteering to be the pit crew.)

Best Costume

Awarded by the The Fashion Police who keep the criteria a closely closeted secret.

Pilots’ Choice Award

Awarded to the Pilot receiving the most votes from his/her fellow Pilots.

Golden Flipper Award

Awarded to the Sculpture with the most interesting water entry.

 The Art Award

Awarded by the Art Judges. Category includes consideration of color, costumes, two and three dimensional “artistic designs,” kinetic motion, humor, theatrical appeal, and mass crowd- and media glory-seeking.

The Engineering Award

Awarded by the Engineering Judges. Category includes consideration of ingenious conquering of course obstacles through Sculpture design as well as any ingenious facet of the design that functions in a truly unique or Glorious Manner.

The Speed Award

Awarded to the Sculpture and Pilot with the fastest elapsed course time after any time-penalty infractions have been added.

The Best Bribes Award

Need we say more? Homemade treats, art or some other giveaway that brings delight to spectators and officials alike will garner this award.

Mad Marshals’ Award

They keep an eye on those hooligan racers throughout the day while spreading smiles and good fortune to all of our spectators. Now they have an award, so teams be nice and make sure to bribe them (wink wink, nudge nudge).